When approached to carry a newly created lined of wall sheets I was intrigued. Not just by the concept but by the content. The wall sheets are handmade replicas of the sketches and pencil drawings of José Thenée of Argentina, arguably the best blacksmith in the world during the 1920′s. His creations of lanterns and candelabras adorn embassies, government buildings, churches and private mansions all over Buenos Aires.
Now you can get a little bit of José Thenée right here in Barrington. The wall sheets are made by hand, one at a time, to preserve the look and feel of the original art work. Using your own creative energy the sheets come together to form a visually interesting wall display of art. Over 50 different pieces of José Thenée’s work are included in the wall display package so you can customize your design to fit your own space. We did. Now all I need is that bottle of Nicolas Granata Malbec (2007) distributed by my friends at Branwar Wines in Texas to finish the mood.
The José Thenée collection also includes select 11X17 sheets for individual framing, notelettes for jotting notes and of course note cards. Those with an appreciation for architecture, pencil sketching and anything paper will love this collection.
José Thenée Notelettes and Note Cards
Just this past spring, a new friend from the east coast introduced me to Arzberger Stationers. He believes they create such a beautifully engraved product that I should offer it at TT Patton.
Double-thick card some with borders, some without, engraved in taupe ink. Envelopes lined in three very different liners.
After doing a little research, I learned that Arzberger is a small business with a big product. They create beautifully engraved stationery and invitations using an intimate design process with their retailers around the country. As a local small business, it’s not only important to be able to meet the high quality standards of our clients with great products, but also to offer supreme customer service. Arzberger makes that easy with quick proofs, fast production times on engraved products and the ability to create truly bespoke stationery.
Social stationery, engraved in charcoal ink on bright white stock with charcoal liner.
But I selected Arzberger because their philosophy of fine paper is aligned with TT Patton. A note or invitation should “flatter the recipient” and create a “moment of expectation” when they open it. The “subtlest things are the most powerful”. And when you have an “appreciation for the creative outcome and the process, engraving is a delicacy unmatched by any other printing process.”
Please take a few minutes to view the video to capture a glimpse into the process behind each carefully considered piece of work they create. Plus I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know our new creative partner, Arzberger Stationers.
We want to create something wonderful for you, that will be cherished. Regardless if it is a simple monogrammed note or a wedding invitation, they all deserved to be crafted at the highest quality, and customized just for you. Please stop in to begin the design process.
Where did the summer go? Today is the last day of summer writing camp and I’m going to miss the young writers going in and out of the shop. But I don’t want to be selfish, I’m happy to hand them off to their new teachers for the next school year.
So what did everyone do this summer? I played a little golf, rode my motorcycle to the Carolinas and tried to harvest some vegetables from my makeshift garden. But the highlight of my summer was celebrating my grandfather’s 100th birthday. I just can’t get it out of my head what it means to live an entire century. I’ve seen so many changes in my short lifetime (no giggles), but they might seem insignificant to someone who has lived over twice as long as I have.
A few years ago I interviewed my grandfather (Papa) to learn a little more about him. You know, how he came to live in Joliet from Mississippi, his memories of various time periods, what he was like when he was my age, etc. That was an interesting and sometimes emotional conversation. But during our 4 hour chat he shared that he is and has always been a VERY big Cubs fan. He said he used to listen to them before television, when television came along he watched, then his eyes went bad, so now he listens again. He’s such a big fan he says he’s
“staying around until they win a world series.”
So when I was trying to think of ways to honor and celebrate Papa for his birthday I wrote a short note to the Chicago Cubs Chairman, Tom Ricketts. I shared with him the story of my Papa, that he’s turning 100 and how he so loves the Cubs, that he’s not “leaving” until they win a world series. I didn’t expect to hear from him immediately, he’s a busy guy arguing with the Mayor and all. But I was just tickled “blue” when I received this letter sent to my Papa in the mail, just before his party.
The promise of the world series is somewhere in the last sentence of the letter.
By the way, I love football. I’m a Chicago Bears fan. But after this wonderful note from Mr. Ricketts, well, you can also call me a Cubs fan! COMMITTED!
P.S. And to those WGN radio guys (Pat and Keith) that chatted about Papa during the Dodgers game last week, you’re the best!